DIY Faux Bird Tree Bookend Tutorial

Hello my dears,

I have been totally reorganizing my studio over the past couple of weeks and one of the things I need desperately was bookend. I have quite a few sewing, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, and drawing books on top of my cubby shelf and they have a bad habit of toppling over whenever I pull one book out.

Enter my bird tree bookend!

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You will need the following:

  • Flower pot
  • One or Two twiggy sticks
  • Rocks
  • Dirt
  • Decorations (optional)

Holding the sticks upright in your flower pot, carefully fill around them with your rocks. Don't fill it totally full though! Leave enough room for the dirt to go on top.

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Next, fill the flower pot to the top with dirt. I wasn't going to plant anything in the pot, but I decided it couldn't hurt to try. We had a few herb seeds left over from last year or the year before. I ended up planting a few basil seeds and a few lavender seeds. It is most likely that they won't grow, but you never know! It'll be fun to see what happens.

Now is the fun part! I decorated my faux tree with a few hand knit birds I made following the Bluebird of Happiness pattern by Sara Elizabeth Kellner. It is a free pattern and extremely simple to make. After seeing how cute these look, I want to knit several more to add to my faux tree! You could also use mini pinecones, cut out paper leaves, dried real leaves, or leave it plain. All of which would look absolutely adorable!

One last thing: while this bird tree book end keeps the books up, there are just too many heavy crafting books there for it to be 100% reliable. I am planning to pull some of them and put them in the actual cubby shelf. But even if I didn't have any books to hold up, I think the little bird tree is super cute just as decor! I hope you try out this little tutorial and if you do, be sure to tag me @emmy.couture on Instagram.

~Emily